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"Entiendo" is a form of "entender", a transitive verb which is often translated as "to understand". "Está bien" is a phrase which is often translated as "OK". Learn more about the difference between "está bien" and "entiendo" below.
está bien(
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A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (used to express agreement or acceptance)
a. OK
¿Quieres ver esta película? - Está bien.Do you want to watch this movie? - OK.
b. all right
Ya limpié la cocina. - Está bien.I already cleaned the kitchen. - All right.
c. fine
¡Ven con nosotros! - Está bien.Come with us! - Fine.
d. that's OK
¡Perdón! Te pegué sin querer. - Está bien; no te preocupes.Sorry! I hit you by accident. - That's OK; don't worry about it.
e. that's fine
Te preparé unas quesadillas con tortillas de maíz. - Está bien.I made you quesadillas with corn tortillas. - That's fine.
f. that's all right
No pude encontrar el libro que me pediste. - Está bien.I couldn't find the book you asked me for. - That's all right.
2. (he, she, or it is alright)
a. he's fine (masculine)
¿Sigue enfermo Luis? - No, ya está bien.Is Luis still sick? - No, he's fine now.
b. she's fine (feminine)
¿Cómo está Marta? - Está bien.How is Marta? - She's fine.
c. it's fine
¿Cómo te gustó la nueva estufa? - No me encanta, pero está bien.How do you like the new stove? - I don't love it, but it's fine.
d. is fine
Carlos está bien.Carlos is fine.
3.
A word or phrase used to refer to the second person formal “usted” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. usted).
(formal)
(you're alright)
a. you're fine
Está bien, señor. Solo se resbaló en el hielo.You're fine, sir. You just slipped on the ice.
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entender(
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to comprehend)
a. to understand
Nadie entendió su explicación.Nobody understood his explanation.
2. (to be empathetic to)
a. to understand
Mi hija entiende a los perros mejor que cualquier otra persona en casa.My daughter understands dogs better than anyone else at home.
3. (to have knowledge of)
a. to understand
Como hablo español, puedo entender el portugués escrito.Since I speak Spanish, I can understand written Portuguese.
4. (to find reasonable)
a. to understand
No entiendo tu enfado, solo dije que no quería salir esta noche.I don't understand why you're annoyed. I only said that I didn't want to go out tonight.
5. (to trust)
a. to believe
Entiéndeme cuando te digo que no quise herir tus sentimientos.Believe me when I tell you I didn't mean to hurt your feelings.
6.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to be of the opinion that)
a. to think
Entiendo que es mejor irnos por la mañana para evitar tráfico.I think that it's better if we leave in the morning to avoid traffic.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
7. (to be empathetic to; used with "de")
a. to know about
No entiendo nada de vinos.I know nothing about wine.
b. to understand about
Mi hermana entiende más de ingeniería que yo.My sister understands more about engineering than I do.
8. (legal; used with "en")
a. to hear
El juez Rodríguez entendió en el caso del infame asesino en serie.Judge Rodríguez heard the case of the infamous serial killer.
entenderse
A reciprocal verb is a verb that indicates that two or more subjects perform an action on each other (e.g. Ellos se abrazan.).
9. (to communicate well)
a. to understand each other
Mis padres se entienden mejor que cualquier otra pareja.My parents understand each other better than any other couple.
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
10. (to be friends; used with "con")
a. to get along with
No me entiendo con mis padres.I don't get along with my parents.
11. (to cheat on someone; used with "con")
a. to have an affair with
Dicen que se entendía con el jardinero.They say she was having an affair with the gardener.
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